The World At Large

Bulfinch's Mythology, 'The Age of Fable or Stories of Gods and Heroes' - The entire Bulfinch's Mythology presented to you in glorious HTML. A lot of history is built on myth, and this book allows you to try and separate the Bulfinch from the Bul..., umm, moving right along ----

Daily Life in Ancient Civilizations - What was it like growing up in ancient times? In a nutshell: Birth - Work - Death. Thousands of years later, we can now point to the fact that we've added School in-between Birth and Work, and are therefore more civilized. All kidding aside, school was just as important then as now. Visit The Internet Classics Archive to see what students were reading thousands of years ago.

Ancient Civilizations seen through CG - This is pretty cool, computer generated images of what various civilizations may have looked like a few millenia ago.

The Heuneburgmuseum - Ancient Celts along the Danube. The Gaul of it all!

Egypt Antiquities Information presented by Tour Egypt: Official Site of the Ministry of Tourism, Egypt - This vast site contains almost everything that any Egyptologist could want.

The Second Sphinx - Is there a second Sphinx buried near the pyramids? After reading this page, I was almost tempted to fly out there with my own pail and shovel.

Hellas - The lighter side of Greco-history. If I knew the Greek expression for tongue-in-cheek, that's how I'd describe it.

Theban Mapping Project - Whatta cool site! Probe the deserts of the cradle of civilization without getting sand in your teeth and chiggers in your shorts

Fossil Evidence for Human Evolution in China - Great academic site with so much info that I'm thankful that my evolved, non-sloping skull can fit it all in.

Age, Gender and Status Divisions at Mealtime in the Roman House - If eating chow was this complicated way back then, Thank Zeus for teevee dinners!

The Atrium: For Devotees of Ancient Greece & Rome - Toga! Toga! Toga!

The Ancient Greek World Introduction - Learn about the Greeks, including their keggers and hazing rituals. Oops! Sorry ... wrong Greeks.

Current Archaeology - Britain's leading archaeology magazine with links to some amazing databases.

Indian History - No, for all you Americans, this isn't about Geronimo and Sitting Bull and so forth. This website is about the history of India and it is fantastic, both in design and content.

Fossil Evidence for Human Evolution in China - Great academic site with so much info that I'm thankful that my evolved, non-sloping skull can fit it all in.

Stone Pages - Stone circles, dolmens, standing stones, cairns, barrows and hillforts in Europe. Rock on.

THE IRON AGE IN SOUTHWEST SWEDEN - Smelting ore made it so much easier to pillage a village or two.

National Library of Canada: The Vikings: They Got Here First, Why Didn't They Stay? - Maybe the meter was running. Maybe they booked a room at L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, Newfoundland, Canada and had to beat the check-out time.

The Leif Ericsson Millenium Celebration - While all of us are celebrating the bimillennium, here's how others are celebrating the monomillennium. Party like it's 999!

Welcome Saxons and Normans. THIS IS 1066! - Let's get ready to RUMMMBBLLLEEE!

The Crimean Tatar Chronology - Of all of the Crimean Tatar pages, this one is the Tatarifficest!

Labyrinth Home Page - Sponsored by Georgetown University, this has to be the best collection of Medieval studies resources on the net. Start your knight's quest here.

Mythical Plants of the Middle Ages - A webpage about make-believe plants. My favorite is the Barnacle tree which had pods that opened up to reveal geese. The person who thought this one up must have smoked it or something.

The Galileo Project, Homepage - So much stuff about Galileo, it'll make your head spin. And in a hyperbolic trajectory around the sun, no less.

Leonardo's Codex Leicester - Get a glimpse of why Da Vinci was such an all-around smart guy.

Latitude: The Art and Science of Fifteenth-Century Navigation - It's too bad that this webpage wasn't available 500 years ago. It would have saved the Portugese a lot of trouble.

The Real Landsknecht Homepage - Landsknecht were the mercenary soldiers of Germany during the 16th Century. This webpage focuses mainly upon their clothing, which gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "dressed to kill".

Joan's Mad Monarchs Series - Back in the old days, a person could be mad as a march hare and still be allowed to govern over people. Good thing that doesn't happen anymore, huh?

The Swan, Duart Point Shipwreck - Help save one of Cromwell's ships!

Musei Vaticani - The Vatican Museum. Don't get me started on what they're NOT showing us.

KURDISTAN - Probably the best Kurdish history site on the web.

The Gunpowder Plot - Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason shood ever be forgot.

The London Gazette- Munday Septemb 3, to Munday Septemp 10, 1666 - An actual account of the Great London Fire with actual images from the London Gazette. Unadulterated history without blathering retrospective commentary like my own.

Gail Dedrick's Guide To The Monarchs Of England And Great Britain - The history of dead Kings and Queens. Jacks and Jokers may also be covered here, although I'm not too sure about Deuces and Treys. Clubs, spades, hearts and diamonds also can be found through careful browsing.

English Gen - If you can trace your roots to the British Isles, this page might be of some help

Hearts Of Oak - A look at the Royal Navy of the 18th Century. It was like Gilbert and Sullivan without all that singing.

Dry Drunk: Introduction - Tobacco culture in 17th-18th Century Europe. Learn how a simple plant altered the world.

The Napoleon Series - Life & times of Napoleon Bonaparte - Dood! Able was I ere I saw Elba, dood.

Greenwood's Map of London 1827 - What a cool page! I love maps, and what historian doesn't? This design of this page is fantastic.

London and Middlesex Archaeological Society Home Page - The experts on what's underneath London and Middlesex.

Privateering Homepage - All about Canadian Privateers, who were a lot like pirates except they were needed and respected. If only we had a modern equivalent for lawyers.

Oak Island - Speaking of pirates and such, what's up with this?

Bob's Your Uncle, Eh? - A great resource for Canadian genealogists. Bonus points and a case of Moulson's for their wonderful page name. If this page fries your back bacon, make sure to also visit Genealogical Research in Canada, eh?

Royal Russia - Twinkle, twinkle, little tsar. How I wonder where you are.

The Romanovs: Their Empire, Their Books - A webpage from the New York Public Library which details their Slavic, Baltic, Eastern European and Eurasian collections.

Writ in Water: An International Gallery of Memorials for the Dead - Visit the resting places of famous dead people from the privacy of your own home or place of work. This page contains galleries of gravesites from around the world. Another good locational database of famous rotting bodies is Find A Grave

Tower of London Virtual Tour - A virtual tour to die for! From the MIDI of "Rule Brittania" as you enter, through views seen by the likes of Guy Fawkes (visit The Gunpowder Plot for info on the Guy), to a marvelous retelling of metric tons of British history, this page is a treat. I almost wish that I could've been tortured there. There's even a kid's tour, and I recommend that you let the young'n's learn about the Tower in it's bloody entirety.

Welcome to The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre - Longreach, Queensland, Australia. A tribute to the human aspects of Australia's pioneering story. - Now there's a wordy title, mate. This page provides an excellent history of the questionable people who explored, developed and opened up Australia's outback.

Bushranger Site Home Page - Here's a cool webpage. It provides the history of the Australian bushrangers, and traces their roots back to the days when Australia was a penal colony. Learn how these colorful brigands survived the bush and became a part of history. Heroes or villains? You decide.

Archives of Australia- the gateway to Australia's archives - Starting place for the true Australian researcher.

National Archives of New Zealand. Te Whare Tohu Tuhituhinga O Aotearoa - I couldn't have said that better myself.

Life of 19th Century workers in England - It wasn't all beer and skittles, squire.

The Kissing Screen - Learn about the dangers of smooching and how you can guard against it. Read testimony from leading Victorian-era experts and other bombastic fuddy-duddies from that time.

The Victorian Web Overview , Sylvania's Victorian Web Site , Nancy's Victorian Web Site- Three well-designed and content-rich analyses of the Victorian era.

Casebook - Jack the Ripper - A ripperologist's delight, if you can call it that. Covers every possible theory concerning Mr. The Ripper, except my theory in which he, Judge Crater, and Lord Lucan were the tramps seen in the railyard behind the grassy knoll. It's a long story...

TITANIC - The Exhibit / presented by the Florida International Museum - I'm one of those myriad of people who are still fascinated by the sinking of the Titanic, even before I saw "the" movie. Of course, the best Titanic site that I know of is still Titanic. A good website about the making of "the" movie is Titanic Table of Contents

Lost Liners - Lest we forget other maritime disasters (Normandie, Anrea Doria, Lusitinia, et al), here's a good site to investigate.

Revelations from the Russian Archives - This site is off of the United States Library of Congress homepage, and like all LOC pages, it's very comprehensive.

The American Experience/Influenza, 1918 - This is the companion website for the PBS documentary on the 1918 flu epidemic. More people were killed by this flu than in every war this century combined. How come this isn't in our collective memory?

The Great War - This is another PBS companion piece. This documentary on WWI and it's effects on 20th century history is perhaps one of the finest documentaries that I've seen on PBS. The website gives just a glimpse, and I can't urge you enough to watch the film.

World War I - Trenches on the Web - Another great WWI resource. Photos of the Great War is another one.

First World War - The Heritage of The Great War -/- Eerste Wereldoorlog - De erfenis van De Groote Oorlog - Most of this site is in Dutch, but that shouldn't prevent you from visiting it. I can't speak a lick of Dutch, yet I was able to glean a lot from here.

The History of Trench Warfare - For the life of me, I never understood this method of fighting a war. Dig a ditch and try not to die. Huh?

Punch It! - A collection of WWI propaganda from the pages of Punch, the foremost British humour magazine. (That's humour with a "u", mind you).

The Unofficial TATRA Automobile pages - When it comes to automobiles, I know just enough to be dangerous. Still, there's something about the look of Tatra's that piques my fancy. Maybe it's the art deco styling. Maybe it's the fact that they had some of the coolest posters in the history of advertising. Maybe it's the distinctive Czechoslovakian engineering. I told you I don't know much about cars.

They Still Draw Pictures - A collection of over 600 drawings made during the Spanish Civil War by Spanish schoolchildren. Quite a unique website.

Childhood Memories of the Pacific War in the Philippines - Another kid's-eye-view, this time about WWII, although there's something surreal about reading a childhood recollection of the Bataan Death March. What a world.

U-boat Net - The U-boat War 1939-1945 - Gadzooks! Or should I say, Mein Gott! This site contains almost 2000 pages, and they're all about U-boats. I've only skimmed the surface of this website, but you intrepid travelers should feel free to plumb the depths below.

Women As Portrayed In British WWII Advertising - How were they protrayed? Take a guess.

The Holocaust: A Tragic Legacy - This is a page that all websurfers should see. I've yet to find a more comprehensive source on one of the the most hideous events of this century.

VALOUR REMEMBERED - Pop Quiz. Describe Canada's role during WWII. Chances are, if you live in the USA, you're probably hemming and hawing and asking if it's an open-book test. It's embarrassing how little we Yanks know about Canada, so educate yourself here.

Aviation Archaeology - Archaeology isn't just about swiping gems from the eyes of graven idols anymore. Learn about digs in Europe for planes that went down during WWII.

Scotland's Secret Bunker - The splash page alone is worth the price of admission. As air raid sirens wail, a family witnesses a nuclear explosion from their front door! Bathe with them in the glow, and learn about Scotland's nuclear command bunker, which isn't so secret now that there's a webpage about it.

Plymouth`s World War II Underground Air Raid Shelters, UK - Another bunker site from Great Britain. Lots of good graphics and fascinating history.

Sputnik - 40 Year Anniversary - The launch of this basketball-sized object circled the world for three months and held the world in fear and awe. Now that's some serious hang-time.

Museum of Soviet Calculators - I can't believe that the United States spent so much money on defense during the Cold War. This is what we were up against?

E. Kenneth Hoffman - Vietnam Portfolio - Mr Hoffman was assigned to the 221st Signal Company during the Vietnam War. This website hosts many of the photos he took of Vietnamese civilians while he was stationed there.

Tokyo Food Page -- Ramen Museum - I never knew Ramen noodles had so much history! All I ever knew about them was that I could make a meal of them for less than a dime, and that they have almost no nutritional content. Boy, there's a lot more you should know about them.

People's Century - Companion to the PBS series, which deals with the last 100 or so years on planet Earth. I wish that I could be here to see the sequel. *sigh*

Elsewhere on these pages, I praised the Library of Congress for their excellent webpages. Many people think that the LOC only covers American history. Visit some of their reading rooms for some interesting world info: African and Middle Eastern Reading Room, Asian Reading Room, European Reading Room, Hispanic Reading Room .


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